What does it take to bring change to the highest level of the United States government? Well, if you were to look at the life story of Betsy DeVos, the newest Secretary of Education, you would come to the conclusion that hard work, determination, and opportunity would be all that you need. Betsy DeVos was brought into Washington D.C. as an extension of President Trump’s decision to compile an administration built around political outsiders and those completely new to Washington D.C. His goal, echoed by the support of the American people, was to fundamentally shift the paradigm of ‘politics as usual’ toward something more agreeable and representative of the American people. DeVos comes into D.C. with the mandate of the President behind her and the energy of conservative America at her heels. What is Betsy DeVos going to do with this energy and ambition?
Betsy DeVos is well known throughout the state of Michigan as a political bulldog and a devout reformer for conservative education. Betsy DeVos and her husband, Dick DeVos, have been mainstays in Michigan’s political scene for over twenty years now. Dick DeVos, a former NBA franchise owner and heir to the Amway fortune, even ran for governor in the state of Michigan — thus putting the DeVos name on the national level. Betsy DeVos has served as the Michigan Republican Party chairwoman for over five years before jumping into the United States government as President Trump’s selection for the Department of Education.
In the United States government, Betsy DeVos will be serving as a unique figure with her stance on education reform and her support of President Trump. Like many conservatives, DeVos believes in returning the power and control back to the people in ways that can be effective. DeVos believes in school reform and she has the figures to back it up, pointing routinely to government failure in cities around America when to comes to getting students passing grades. DeVos’ belief in school choice will be the biggest test that the field of education has to overcome but it is one that DeVos and her team are more than willing to take on. DeVos has successfully brought school choice to 17 states, 33 institutions and almost a quarter of a million students throughout the country. Now, with the power of the federal government, DeVos will try to take the program around the nation.
When Betsy DeVos was brought into Washington D.C. there was very real concern that she’d be incapable of handling the very real political swamp that has been polluting the country’s highest offices for decades. The problem, many people considered, was that she wouldn’t be able to stand across the table from a political juggernaut like the Chuck Schumer’s or Nancy Pelosi’s of the world. This concern has largely been laid to rest as DeVos has met with top-ranking leaders of both sides of the political aisle as well as prominent representatives of the nation’s largest teacher’s unions. Now, DeVos needs to continue forward with her burgeoning reputation in order to enact real change for her constituents.
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